Saturday, November 10, 2012

iPad-tossing Walmart employees given the boot after video reaches YouTube

Please folks, can you remember that posting things on the Internet isn't the smartest thing to do if they contain idiotic behavior? Perhaps if it was a clip from "Jackass," but otherwise, definitely not.

The latest example is a bunch of Walmart employees who earned themselves pink slips, and just before the holiday shopping season, too. Walmart had to be pretty angry to fire these folks, who filmed themselves throwing around boxes -- purportedly full of iPads -- and uploaded it to YouTube on Thursday.

While it's unconfirmed that the boxes actually contained iPads, a Walmart spokesperson did confirm that the company was not impressed or amused by the video.

"We've seen the video of several night-shift associates destroying merchandise in the back of one of our stores in August and, as anyone can imagine, it made us wince. We are also embarrassed.

"Since this unfortunate incident, we haven't received any returns of this merchandise. We stand behind our merchandise, and our associates work very hard to take proper care and handling of the products we put on our shelves."

In other words, as far as Walmart is aware of, none of the iPads in the boxes were damaged or returned as such. Of course, we might want to look carefully at our iPad if we recently bought one from the store in Pikeville, Ky.

Especially when one considers the boxes were not just tossed around, but even spiked -- like a football by a TD-scoring wide receiver -- to the floor.

According to the (embedded) video's original submitter on Reddit, the employees have been fired and have been prosecuted, but while the Walmart spokesperson confirmed that the employees in the August video were fired, there's no indication that any legal action will be taken against them.

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